I’m enchanted by the light in this historic mansion. In 2016, I used my iPhone to capture this room (see Dec 31, 2016 entry). This time, I used my trusty Olympus mirrorless camera. The Oly rendered more subtle variations in tone and thus, form also❣️
As artists we often spend much of our time working alone. Although it can sometimes be a lonely path, being alone brings time for slowing down...contemplation, reflection, and creative musing. A quiet moment in a historic NJ mansion.
Morristown, New Jersey was the location where General George Washington established two winter encampments during the Revolutionary War. The town's location between Philadelphia and New York City held strategic advantage for the Continental Army. Washington first visited Morristown in 1773 with his stepson John Parke Custis, while passing through the town en route to nearby Basking Ridge. Washington was visiting William Alexander, Lord Stirling, who would later become a major-general in the Continental Army. Following the victories at the Battles of Trenton in December 1776 and Princeton in January 1777, Washington led his troops to nearby Morristown. The forces remained in Morristown for the duration of winter until spring arrived, starting in January until May 1777. Aside from the surrounding forest land that made lumber an important industry, Morristown was a market center for local farmers and iron miners. The town was comprised of a church, courthouse, cemetery, two or three shops, a tavern, and about fifty houses. Pictured here is The Ford Mansion - Gen. Washington's Morristown headquarters (Rob Shenk - Mount Vernon Ladies' Association)
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Fort Nonsense is part of the Morristown National Historic Park outside Morristown, New Jersey, and is the site of George Washington's earthwork fortification for Continental Troops in the winter of 1777, during the American Revolution. The upper redoubt and guardhouse were on high ground overlooking Morristown (as can be see in one of the photos), and were meant (supposedly) for the encampment to have an advantage in case the British followed Washington's army to Morris County from their recent battles in Trenton and Princeton (they never came). Washington's army arrived in Morristown on January 6th, 1777, with plans to stay until the end of winter. His officers quartered in the nearby Jacob Ford Mansion, and Washington used the Arnold Tavern as his headquarters (upon the troops later winter encampment at Morristown in 1779/1780, Washington used the Ford Mansion as headquarters, and troops stayed at Jockey Hollow). Fort Nonsense's construction began in May of 1777 to serve as a place to retreat. One thing that stands out about Fort Nonsense, is of course, the name. The legend goes that Washington knew he didn't need the redoubt built for a retreat that wasn't going to happen, so he put his men to work building it just to keep them busy and out of trouble. This is probably very untrue. Regardless, the fortification got the name Fort Nonsense (when it got that name is up for debate, with some claiming it was during the war, and others saying not until many many years later in 1833). Also of note, that stone marker in one photo that says the year 1779-80 is wrong....that was the second encampment at Morristown. Fort Nonsense was built during the first in 1777. #Morristown#MorristownNJ#NewJersey#Jersey#FortNonsense#georgewashington#americanrevolution#history#fort#MorrisCounty#morriscountyNJ#war#battle#revolutionarywar#FordMansion#historic#washington#army#encampment#winter
This past weekend, Morristown NHP participated in another successful #HollyWalk ! Pictured first are two members of the 2nd New Jersey guarding Washington in his encampment home. Next, Ranger Eric Olsen plays colonial games with an onlooking crowd in the Ford Mansion’s halls. Volunteer Deirdre and Ranger Tom Winslow guide visitors throughout the house, while Ranger Kim Watts interprets the Servant’s Quarters on the second floor. In the final photo, the Washington’s Headquarters Museum can be seen from the window of the Ford Mansion. Thank you to all who helped in the success of this fantastic holiday event! 🎄
📸: Photo credits go to Karen Sloat-Olsen, John Hazel, and Abby Parsons. ▪️
This 40-foot wide mansion (97 Clark Street, via @brooklynhistory ) was known as the Ford Mansion, as it was once the home of Gordon L. Ford and later his son, Paul Leicester Ford. Gordon was the business manager for the New York Tribune and had a hand in banking and railroad interests. Paul was a journalist, writer, and noted bibliographer of Revolutionary War America. (Another son, Worthington, was chief of the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress.) Paul was killed in a murder suicide enacted by a third brother, Malcolm, in 1902.⠀
In the 1960s, as this and other nearby buildings were being prepped for demolition as part of the urban renewal plans, preservationists saved the home's railing in hopes of reusing them for the restoration of another historic Heights house, the Peter Cornell home. That house was demolished as well and the railing is now in the Sculpture Garden at the Brooklyn Museum, among other architectural artifacts.⠀
The early 1970s building that replaced the demolished Ford Mansion is the massive Cadman Towers, a 421-unit, almost Brutalist, co-op building (given the address 101 Clark Street). ⠀
📸: John D. Morrell⠀
October 12, 1958⠀
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July 31, 1873: "The property was at once struck off to the four gentlemen, who paid then, or soon after, thirty per cent of the purchase-money, and deeds were executed to them dated July 31, 1873, for the house and lot on which it stood, being about 253 feet front, and about 545 feet deep, and containing a little over three acres." And that is how the Ford mansion came to be in the hands of the Washington Association of New Jersey's forefathers - and four fathers!
▪️ (Source: History of the Washington Association of NJ, by Edmund Halsey, 1891.) ▪️